News Flash

City Homepage

Posted on: September 25, 2020

Charge Up!

Electric vehicle charging station and green painted parking space

Two new electric vehicle charging stations will put Coon Rapids on the map. The City installed charging stations in the parking lot of the Coon Rapids Ice Center and at the City Hall campus, outside the Civic Center.

Locally-based Cedar Creek Energy handled the installation. Senior project manager Patrick Farnham says electric vehicle charging stations are gaining a foothold in the alternative energy market.

“There are a handful of cities around the metro that have them. Coon Rapids is definitely on the front end of that but, as more people electrify their vehicles, you’ll see more and more of these charging stations pop up.”

A $15,000 grant through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency helped pay for the charging stations, while the City Council committed to the final 20 percent of the cost. The 60-amp, Level II charging stations can each charge two electric vehicles at once and are free for the public to use.

Diana McKeown of the Great Plains Institute helped facilitate the grant process. She says transportation is the number one emitter for greenhouse gases and carbon. McKeown says electric vehicles are an important piece of the solution and are becoming more widespread every day.  She estimates at least one electric vehicle will be registered in every Minnesota county by the end of the year.

“They’re here to stay and we know the benefit of reduced emissions and over the life of the vehicle,” she said. “And the chargers are important.”

McKeown says electric vehicle owners do about 80 percent of their charging at home overnight. An overnight charge is enough to cover most daily usage within about 100 miles. Plugging into one of the new units in Coon Rapids for about an hour will give most electric vehicles enough charge for another 10 to 20 miles. The cost to the City for a quick charge is so small, it’s not even worth charging a fee.

PlugShare.com tracks the location of charging stations. The two new units in Coon Rapids will join a network of more than 700 across the state.

“By having an electric vehicle charger here, it will literally put Coon Rapids on the map,” said McKeown.

The electric vehicle charging stations are now available to the public at the Coon Rapids Ice Center and Civic Center.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City Homepage

CoonCreekWatershedDistrict

Apply Now for Coon Creek Watershed Board

Posted on: February 18, 2021
Locklin Road concert graphic

Winter Concert: Locklin Road

Posted on: February 12, 2021
TipstoAvoidFrozenPipes

Keep the Water Flowing

Posted on: February 11, 2021
A front stoop with a red door and the word Front Door, enhance your home's curb appeal

Application Now Available!

Posted on: January 11, 2021
Recycling Center

Paper Shredding Event CANCELED

Posted on: February 5, 2021
SnowflakeDaysParadeCanceled

Community Parade Feb. 4 CANCELED

Posted on: February 4, 2021
IceRinksNowOpen

Ice Rinks and Warming Houses Update

Posted on: January 15, 2021
CommunityGuide

New Resident Guide for 2021

Posted on: January 22, 2021
WinterConcertSeriesLocklinRoad

Monthly Winter Concerts

Posted on: January 11, 2021
New Fire Engine Test Lights

New Fire Engine with Test Lights

Posted on: February 8, 2021
Sand Creek

Updates to Sand Creek

Posted on: January 18, 2021
Census Complete Graphic

We did it!

Posted on: January 28, 2021
Budget in Brief

2021 Budget in Brief

Posted on: January 21, 2021
IceRinksNowOpen

Outdoor Rinks Now Open

Posted on: December 31, 2020
2020 Election

Primary Election Day Results

Posted on: July 7, 2020
2020 Election

Candidate Forum

Posted on: October 16, 2020
End Domestic Violence, Coon Rapids Police Supporter of the Purple Lights Initative

Shine a Purple Light!

Posted on: October 1, 2020
Exterior of Riverwind Park Building titled: Award Winner

Riverwind Park Renovation

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Business Resources

For Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Posted on: March 19, 2020
Farmers Market

Visit the Farmers Market

Posted on: July 8, 2020
Register Now with a woman in a yoga pose on a paddleboard

Find Your Zen!

Posted on: June 15, 2020
House-shaped key ring titled Home Loans

In Need of a Home Loan?

Posted on: May 27, 2020
Blvd Plaza Possible Expansion

Boulevard Plaza Possible Site Expansion

Posted on: December 6, 2019
New Building Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for New Apartment

Posted on: November 7, 2019